2009 is going to be a good year. I know because in the past, I've been able to tell whether a year would be good or bad within the first few days and have been accurate in my predictions thus far. Also, there have already been several good things already that have happened in the past week, which is a good indication of what is to come!

Although I'm not in the habit of making resolutions that I'll probably break in a few days or weeks causing me to feel guilty and dumb for having made them in the first place, I do try to start every year off with a few basic ideas or premises of what I'd like to accomplish in the coming year. Not resolutions, because there's no consequence if I don't quite make it, but more an idea of the person I'd like to be in the coming year.

So here they are--a few choice ideas for 2009.

1. Get fit. I know, this is probably the #1 goal of people across the world starting January 1, but this is the year I'm going to finally do it. It's not a weight thing, or a size thing (although if those two things improve you won't see me complaining), but here's my real goal: To be able to run the full loop that I walk around my neighborhood in nothing but a sports bra and shorts, and have nothing jiggling that's not supposed to. And if I can fit in a pair of size 26 jeans at the end of the year, I'll buy the fanciest ones I can find (even if buying premium denim is useless since it's all the same anyway ;) ).

2. Be a better person. This is probably the most vague one, and I don't even know how I would know if I met this goal, which is why it's not a resolution or even a real goal, but I'm going to try. The other day I was in the mall, and I kind of tripped over some item that another shopper left on the floor. Instead of picking it up and putting it where it belonged, I just walked right past it, and went about my own business. Then someone much nicer than me saw it, picked it up, and went to put it back in its rightful place. At that point I was struck by how careless I've become about things going on around me that aren't on my radar, and I'm going to try to make a bigger and better effort this year to be a more aware person. I want to be a better friend, daughter, sister, and partner to the people I care about, and as long as nobody does anything major to piss me off, I don't see why I can't do this simply by being attentive to what's going on around me. Also, having a positive attitude makes even yucky situations better, so I'm going to keep an eye on myself on that count as well.

3. (and this is the biggie) Lately I've realized that I can cuss like a sailor and give pretty much any inmate a run for their money. The truth is, I just love foul language. Not all the time, but just to add effect and spice up an otherwise boring sentence. But it has to stop. Really, it's unnecessary and I need to start learning some new words to add flavor to my speech, instead of defaulting to the same old cuss words that every seventh grader is using or laughing at on the playground. I will, however, be keeping a few choice words that I don't feel I can live without. They're not that bad, but I'll refrain from posting them here because my mom reads this blog and is easily offended.

And for a piece of odd news for you, a man skiing in Vail last week had a little mishap on the chairlift and ended up taking a lift up the mountain pants-free. It's only appropriate that I share this story with you, because I'll be taking a little ski trip of my own in a few weeks--I sure hope this happens to one of my friends--we'd have better cameras to capture this one! Anyway, **click here for the story** and make sure to check out the pics!!

Happy 2009!